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Motus shows off finished bike at Laguna Seca MotoGP

Andy Downes, 22 July 2013 10:58

American manufacturer Motus has shown the final production version of the 1650cc V4 sports touring Motus MST which is scheduled to go on sale in Autumn this year; a delay over the initial aim of 2012. There is a little bit of deja vue with what Motus has done this weekend as the firm showed off the ‘final’ version of ...

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Staff Blog:Tyres changed after 2500 miles in five days

Andy Downes, 21 May 2013 15:07

The mobile tyre fitter has just left having swopped the worn out tyres on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring which had been reduced to near illegal wear depth following my trip to the Ducati factory last week; a 2500 mile round trip. You’ll be able to read a full account of my trip to Bologna in a forthcoming issue ...

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Staff Blog: The magic carpet

Andy Downes, 01 May 2013 10:09

According to the Asphalt Industry Alliance (no, me neither) there are 2.2million potholes on the UKs roads, it’s going to cost £113million to fix them all and there has been £32million of damage to vehicles in the past year.That sounds like a lot. Although, to be honest, what I know about potholes; other than they really shouldn’t be there; is ...

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Ducati boss to leave?

Andy Downes, 15 April 2013 10:25

Rumours from Italy suggest Ducati CEO Gabriele del Torchio is set to leave the company to take up the helm at Italian airline Alitalia after more than five years at the Bologna bike firm. Italian business publication Ansa was the first to break the news but Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera was able to get a quote from del ...

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Hodgson vs Walker…again

Andy Downes, 13 March 2013 16:36

The bitter feud between British Superbike racers Neil Hodgson and Chris Walker in 2000 remains one of the closest-ever racing battles and they will be revealing all for the first time on stage in April. Hodgson and Walker will be joined on stage by ex-racer and Eurosport commentator James Whitham at the Hilton Hotel, Dartford Bridge on April 5. Hodgson ...

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Husqvarna: What the future may hold

Andy Downes, 04 March 2013 14:56

Industry experts have questioned new Husqvarna owner Stefan Pierer’s plans to merge KTM, Husaberg and the famous brand into one ‘super firm’ using the car industry as inspiration. Pierer announced last week he was buying the historic Husqvarna brand from BMW which had opted to bail out from owning the firm despite five years of huge investment, renewal and design ...

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Ex-racer Emmett’s new bride dies

Andy Downes, 25 February 2013 12:39

The new wife of ex-500GP racer Sean Emmett has died after apparently falling from a hotel window while the newly married couple were on honeymoon in Dubai. Abbie Emmett, 27, died just days after arriving for a honeymoon in the United Arab Emirates with new husband Sean following their wedding two weeks ago in Cape Town, South Africa. Emmett is ...

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Free 32-page Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show Guide this week

Andy Downes, 13 February 2013 11:57

This week’s issue of MCN has a free 32-page guide to the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show Guide which kicks off this Friday at Excel in London’s Docklands. The show starts on Friday, February 15 and runs for three days with almost all of the new bikes for 2013 on display. The show will also see the stunning Revolution live ...

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Moove out of the way

Andy Downes, 19 December 2012 15:18

We all ride bikes on the road on the look-out for the usual idiots but this video footage from a dashboard camera on a car in Russia manages to get a rather close view of something much more unusual. Riding on Russia’s roads appears to me a huge safety challenge and the dash cameras are commonplace to try and prevent ...

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New Yamaha Race Blu paintjob

Andy Downes, 14 September 2012 11:35

This new Race Blu paintjob seen here on the Yamaha YZF-R1 is the highlight of a series of colour changes for many of the 2013 Yamahas with no mechanical changes at all. Race Blu, which comprises blue and matt grey bodywork with blue wheels and subtle white graphics was revealed by the MotoGP team at this weekend’s Misano round of ...

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